20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which marked the end of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland: A silent anniversary. No big party. Many fears that Brexit might damage the peace. We are called to be ambassadors for reconciliation! If you like, take the Reading and the Prayer for your personal reflection.
Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Prayer from the Iona Community:
Creator of this world and all its people,
we are glad that all things are held in your hands. You have not left us alone. And we celebrate the work of your Spirit encouraging people the world over
to work for justice and peace,
to speak for the voiceless and always to anticipate that the best is yet to come. Blessed be your name.
we have driven a wedge between piety and peacemaking,
erected a wall between prayer and politics, associated the purposes of heaven
with only the gentler things of earth – God of justice,
If we have offered to false gods the devotion you alone deserve; if we have dismissed the Gospel as irrelevant to the world – God of justice, show yourself.
If we have dumbed down your Word and domesticated your Spirit because we wanted an easier faith and a tamer dove – God of justice, show yourself.
Wherever in our nations
the poor are endangered,
the sick are neglected,
prisoners are refused redemption,
and strangers among us are suspected – God of justice, show yourself.
Wherever in our world,
the lust for profit
undermines the longing for peace; or the greed for power
overrides the need for fairness – God of justice,
In the prison visitor
and the mediator,
in vigils for peace
and protests to protect the earth;
to all who fear for the future of children, to those who long for a different day – God of justice, show yourself.
We pray in Jesus’ name
and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen